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WWI arsenal emerges from melting alpine glacier

Ammunition spread over 100 square meters

31 August, 18:10
WWI arsenal emerges from melting alpine glacier (ANSA) - Trento, August 31 - Italian Finance Police recovered 200 pieces of World War I ammunition, which emerged from a melting glacier on a Trentino mountain peak on Friday, Finance Guard sources said.

Each weighing between 7-10 kilos, the 85-100 mm caliber explosive devices were found at an altitude of 3,200 meters, when a once-perennial glacier on the Ago de Nardis peak partially melted due to a recent heat wave that reached into Italy's highest peaks. The Finance Police Alpine rescue unit, operating in the area between Pinzolo and Madonna di Campiglio, saw brownish metal points emerging from the ice, got a fix on them via GPS, then extricated the venerable weapons. They were spread over a 100 square meter area, police said.